Juerg you made my day with your Christmas animal’s pictures
So many times in sports things totally are not what they appear to be, only under detailed analysis we might find completely different meanings and explanations, so is in life.
Here is funny/sad story form just few days ago. We just came from Europe, my in laws live in small little village, to be exact on the edge of small remote little village and forest. Absolutely gougers place.
Mother in law asked my 11y old daughter; would you like to get some chicken soup, since it is her favorite food, she didn't have to convince her much longer.
She got a plate with the soup and pieces of chicken, a real chicken; free run home raised without any antibiotics fed with real food\grain, same as turkeys on your picture.
She tries and goes: this is not a chicken, it doesn't taste like Toronto chicken at all, and this must be a rabbit. I started to laugh and ask her: how do you know how the rabbit taste like, you never had a rabbit.
She goes: I do not know, but this for sure is not a chicken, you are trying to make me eat rabbits, please don't mess with my taste.
At that time we are all laughing, she is even more convinced about her chicken being a rabbit.
And here is me, showing her the truth, while being accused of messing with her senses.
While food industry responsible for changing the taste of real chickens is the one that is taken as the absolute truth. It took us quite a while to explain all that, this brought even more questions and confusion, why would they ever do that...
So many similar misunderstandings in sports and training.
Here is analogy:
I’m right now training at way lower power, but in my opinion physiologically way harder than 2 months ago.
I did 90 min workout 2 days ago, at the end I was tired and hungry like crazy. I could easily complete workout at this intensity 2 months back without feeling any fatigue or hunger, 2 months ago I would have almost fresh feeling after 90min at this intensity.
Technical details workout at 232W to give perspective it is roughly 76% of 60min power. My HR before was 120-130bmp, now at the same intensity is 130-140bpm.
Local guys I was riding with made tons of comments about me getting weaker, I’m arguing I’m getting much stronger, they were saying, it doesn’t look like… plus I can’t get stronger if I’m training at lower intensities…
Those are the general gym misconceptions.
My average Smo2 on VL at that intensity was 39-40%, now it is 48-50%, Smo2 on my hamstrings and RL decreased about 5%, I finally started utilizing the rest of my muscles during longer efforts not only during sprints. I feel weaker during those workouts, but I’m convinced I'm getting stronger…
Sounds exactly like the chicken that doesn’t taste like chicken